Faith leaders offer support to Va. mosque reeling from teen's murder

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STERLING, VA. (WUSA9) - A dozen faith leaders from different religions came to show solidarity, support and love at prayer services at the ADAMS Center mosque Friday. 

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This comes nearly a week after 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was murdered as she was making her way back to the Sterling mosque.

Friday, the faith leaders wanted to bring an uplifting message to the Muslim community year which has experienced such grief.

"There's a greater goodness than the evil we've seen,” said Pastor Michelle C. Thomas who organized the event. 

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As the men and women who have been praying came out of the first service they were greeted with hugs and handshakes and words of support from the faith leaders.

One of the worshipers said "this is the first time we've smiled all week." There were many words of appreciation from the Muslim members.

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